Detroit automakers ask union workers to submit Covid vaccination status

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  • Detroit automakers are asking about 153,000 of their plant workers, represented by United Auto Workers, to voluntarily submit their COVID-19 vaccination status.
  • The voluntary submission process is one step below the automakers mandated to non-union salaried employees to submit their vaccination status.
  • The UAW has encouraged members to get vaccinated, but it does not support making vaccines mandatory for workers.

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DETROIT – Detroit automakers are asking their approximately 153,000 plant workers, represented by United Auto Workers, to voluntarily submit their COVID-19 vaccination status.

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The companies and union agreed on “voluntary and confidential disclosure” of vaccination status during a coronavirus joint task force meeting on Monday night, in which union leaders and representatives of General Motors, Ford Motor and Stelantis (formerly Fiat Chrysler) were involved. The joint statement was sent by the UAV on Tuesday.

The voluntary submission process is one step below that of Ford and GM requiring non-union salaried employees to submit their vaccination status. Stelantis, on the other hand, has asked salaried employees to submit their vaccination status voluntarily. Ford and Stelantis both require salaried employees to be vaccinated. GM hasn’t announced a vaccine mandate.

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The UAW has encouraged members to get vaccinated, but it does not support making vaccines mandatory for workers. Instead, the union relies on its more than 400,000 members opting to get vaccinated in person.

UAW spokesman Brian Rothenberg said Tuesday that the union’s position on the mandate had not changed.

UAW President Ray Curry previously said the union would remain “open” for discussion of UAW members’ survey of their vaccination status. The union has said it is not tracking the vaccination rates of its members, most of whom are working individually in factories to combat the pandemic.

Curry told reports in August that the union is encouraging its members to get vaccinated, but wants to respect the wishes of workers who may have medical, religious or personal objections.

UAW survey members follow the Biden administration suspending enforcement of its vaccination and testing requirements for private businesses after a federal appeals court halted the rules pending review.

Rothenberg said the union continues to oversee Occupational Safety and Health Administration standards and legal matters. The union will have to see how the requirements will affect the union’s more than 700 contracts, he told CNBC in an email.

The Biden administration on Tuesday asked a federal appeals court to immediately lift its order withholding COVID vaccine and testing requirements, warning that delays in policy implementation could result in deaths and hospitalizations. Will increase

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